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Posted on Mon, Dec 19, 2011 : 5:56 a.m.

They're not missing: Chelsea's recycling bins have new temporary home

By Lisa Allmendinger

Last week, the five Western Washtenaw Recycling Authority recycling bins that have been located in the parking lot near the post office at M-52 and Old US-12 in Chelsea were moved to a new location.

Currently, the bins are on the north end of the Chelsea Lanes parking lot just up the street from the former location.

WWRA Chairman Frank Hammer said that this is a temporary site until early in the new year when it is expected that there will be a permanent location for the bins on Old Manchester Road, across from the Chelsea Community Fairgrounds.

During the week, he said there are five bins, and on the weekends, WWRA increases the number to six.

In addition, since earlier this year, the Sylvan Township Board voted not to become a member of WWRA as it moves toward single-stream recycling, residents who would like to continue recycling and use bins located throughout the western side of the county can pay $26 for a "volunteer membership," Hammer said.

Sylvan Township residents are asked to send checks made out to WWRA to Western Washtenaw Recycling Authority, 8025 Werkner Road, Chelsea, MI 48118 and put Sylvan Township resident on the memo line.

Lisa Allmendinger is a regional reporter for She can be reached at For more Chelsea stories, visit our Chelsea page.


sandie schulze

Sun, Jan 1, 2012 : 5:30 p.m.

Thanks for posting the address to mail the $26!


Tue, Dec 20, 2011 : 4 a.m.

@ Susan. Probably not. The fee is about what they've been paying all along for their residents to participate in the program. They've decide not to pay--and therefore not to participate. It's been reported in various articles and probably in their meeting minutes, but not the type of thing I suspect they'll be alerting residents.


Mon, Dec 19, 2011 : 6:30 p.m.

I am afraid I have to agree with Country Mouse. However, I am one of those Sylvan Twp people so I will pay my way. However, this news article is the first I have heard of this fee. Is the township going to send out something to its residents to let them know?

Lake Trout

Mon, Dec 19, 2011 : 4:58 p.m.

So, since the recycle drop offs are on the honor system, and we know how that works most of the time unfortunately, all of those living in jurisdictions that are paying for this service will be also paying for Sylvan Township residents who won't/don't pay the "volunteer membership" but still use the recycle drop offs.